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Web-Based Database makes energy technologies' costs transparent.

July 24, 2012

Transparent Cost Database (TCDB) app collects cost and performance estimates for electric generation, advanced vehicles, and renewable fuel technologies and makes them available for utilities, policy makers, consumers, and academics. Technology cost and performance estimates can be used to benchmark company costs, model energy scenarios, and inform research and development decisions. Web interface lets user look at current estimates and future projections and filter data of interest. Read More

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IPC to Launch Educational Campaign on ITAR and PCBs.

July 23, 2012

On July 25, IPC will launch its educational campaign - Follow the Law, Protect the Board - to raise awareness and compliance with federal regulations on export of PCBs designed for International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) controlled equipment. Campaign kick-off meeting will take place in Washington, D.C., and IPC will also unveil white paper, Applicability of U.S. Defense Trade Controls to Printed Boards, authored by Peter Lichtenbaum. Read More

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SME awards gold, silver, and bronze status for chapter success.

July 23, 2012

SME announced winners of Annual Chapter Award Recognition, which were recognized for meeting standards of success set by SME's Chapter Enhancement Committee. Winners were awarded gold, silver, or bronze status based on 4 categories: advancement of manufacturing, merit, professional development, and communication to members and community. Requirements range from interaction with other chapters and community outreach to maintaining current websites and social media pages. Read More

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LME 2012 expands educational offerings.

July 23, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 23-24, LIA's Lasers for Manufacturing Event 2012 will provide attendees vital guidance on how to create effective and efficient laser-based production systems. Event will include 3 new courses addressing fundamentals of laser additive manufacturing, cutting, and robotics as well as two 2-hour tutorials focusing on welding and joining and ultrafast laser processes. Running concurrently with LME 2012, 2-day Laser Welding and Joining Workshop will feature 18 presentations. Read More

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LIA recaps LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA 2012.

July 23, 2012

With total exhibition area of 23,000 m², LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA 2012 was divided into several exhibit segments such as Laser Systems for Production Engineering, Laser and Optronics, Imaging and Optical Metrology, Optics and Optical Manufacturing. According to figures, 475 exhibitors from 19 countries and districts exhibited at tradeshow, an increase of 31.6% compared with 2011. Number of professional visitors exceeded expectation and reached 34,326, a 19% growth over last year. Read More

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Industry Groups Contribute Educational Programming to PACK EXPO.

July 23, 2012

With its "Educate. Innovate. Advance." theme, 2012 Conference at PACK EXPO will offer packaging and processing professionals actionable insight into trends and issues driving industry. Event will be held in conjunction with PACK EXPO International 2012, from October 28-31 in McCormick Place, Chicago. Keeping with customer-centric approach to delivering innovation, multiple conference sessions will be offered that address attendees' specific areas of interest. Read More

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HI Updates Guideline for allowable operating region standard.

July 23, 2012

Hydraulic Institute (HI) updated 1997 edition of ANSI/HI standard on allowable operating region for centrifugal and vertical pumps and published ANSI/HI 9.6.3 - 2012 Rotodynamic (Centrifugal and Vertical) Pumps - Guideline for Allowable Operating Region. Updated guideline discusses effects of operation at flow rates greater or less than flow rate at best efficiency point. It also defines preferred operating region and allowable operating region for rotodynamic pump types. Read More

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NEMA urges action on pending "fiscal cliff".

July 23, 2012

NEMA called on Congress and White House to rise above partisanship to find common ground to avoid "fiscal cliff" threatening nation's economy, solvency, defense, and vital operations. The "fiscal cliff" is a perfect storm of tax, spending, and debt deadlines at the end of 2012. Private economists and bipartisan Congressional Budget Office have warned that simultaneous tax increases and spending cuts at beginning of 2013 could push economy back into recession. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today highlights recent growth at nexAir.

July 20, 2012

Featured in Summer 2012 issue of Welding and Gases Today, nexAir is one of the largest independent gases and welding equipment distributors in the nation. In 2010, company added hydrogen filling facility in Memphis with 9,000 gal storage tank and monthly fill volume of 1.5 million ft³. In 2011, propane filling plant increased nexAir's propane cylinder fill capacity with installation of 30,000 gal tank with 4 automated fill scales. Automation and robotics are also burgeoning markets for nexAir. Read More

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RI Law Requires Children's Jewelry to conform to ASTM standard.

July 20, 2012

Rhode Island now requires children's jewelry manufactured after December 18, 2012 to conform to requirements of ASTM standard F2923-11. According to Comprehensive Children's Jewelry Safety Act, "children's jewelry means jewelry designed or intended primarily for use by children 12 years old or younger, to be worn as an item of personal ornamentation." Approved in 2011, ASTM F2923 establishes requirements and test methods for specified elements and mechanical hazards in children's jewelry. Read More

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NASA Partner SpaceX completes Dragon design review.

July 20, 2012

NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has completed design review of crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft. Concept baseline review presented NASA with primary and secondary design elements of Dragon capsule, intended to carry astronauts into low Earth orbit. Conducted at company headquarters, June 14 review provided details on launch pads modification, docking capabilities, weight, power requirements, living arrangements, and prospective ground landing sites/techniques. Read More

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Patrick Franc Named Chairman of Aluminum Association.

July 20, 2012

Patrick M. Franc, President and CEO of Louisville, KY-based Tri-Arrows Aluminum, Inc., will immediately assume position of Aluminum Association Chairman through Fall of 2013. According to Aluminum Association President Heidi Brock cited Franc's leadership experience and industry knowledge as "invaluable" to future efforts to promote aluminum as sustainable material for fuel-efficient transportation, green building products, and consumer packaging. Read More

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NASA Commercial Partner SpaceX completes Dragon design review.

July 20, 2012

Space Exploration Technologies has completed design review of the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft designed to carry astronauts into low Earth orbit. SpaceX provided details about each phase of potential crewed mission, including how company plans to modify its launch pads to support such missions, Dragon's docking capabilities, weight and power requirements for spacecraft, and prospective ground landing sites and techniques. Read More

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Obama Administration Report addresses Everglades restoration.

July 20, 2012

Obama Administration released report outlining historic Federal investments and progress made in Everglades restoration under leadership of President Obama, and announced $80 million in additional funding to support farmers and ranchers who voluntarily conserve wetlands on agricultural land in Northern Everglades Watershed. Administration has invested $1.5 billion in Everglades projects and initiatives, including nearly $900 million for projects that will restore water flow and essential habitat. Read More

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ASTM Airborne Silica Symposium to address workplace sampling.

July 20, 2012

Second ASTM International D22 Symposium on Silica and Associated Respirable Mineral Particles will held October 25-26, 2012, in Atlanta, GA. It will provide update on progress towards assessing airborne respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposure for compliance with current limit values. Approaches to accurately sample and evaluate workplace concentrations of RCS will be discussed. Online registration opens 8 weeks prior to symposium date, and closes on October 17. Read More

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NEMA Calls for Progressive Action concerning Smart Grid support.

July 19, 2012

"Integrating currently available smart products into the grid," according to NEMA president and CEO Evan R. Gaddis," can help accelerate problem identificaton, diversionary routing, and resolution when it comes to power outages. Gaddis called for "Practical and progressive action" to broaden use of Smart Grid products, namely tax and regulatory policies geared toward advancing grid investments. Details addressing need for government action are in NEMA's Smart Grid Return on Investment. Read More

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International Conference brings biotechnology leaders to Mumbai.

July 19, 2012

Taking place in Mumbai, India from September 12-13, 3rd Annual BIO India International Conference will feature educational India-focused panels, networking opportunities, company presentations, and BIO One-on-One Partnering(TM) system. Latter provides interactive environment to intelligently search, contact, and schedule private meetings with potential partners and investors. Mr. Sam Pitroda will address this conference, and H. Thomas Watkins will provide keynote. Read More

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Pilot Accreditation Program includes 4 certification entities.

July 19, 2012

ANSI and IREC announced that CalCERTS, CleanTech Education, Building Science Institute, and Midwest Renewable Energy Association are participating in accreditation program for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Accreditations will be announced by end of August, while program may be reopened for general applications in late 2012. Companies' programs are being evaluated against IREC Standard 14732: 2012, General Requirements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Programs. Read More

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ANSI Student Paper Competition has August 1, 2012 deadline.

July 19, 2012

Overseen by ANSI and its Committee on Education, ANSI Student Paper Competition raises awareness of strategic importance of standards and conformance among students at university level. Students of all disciplines enrolled at associate, undergraduate, or graduate level at any U.S. academic institute of higher learning can submit papers of no more than 2,000 words that explore theme of How Standards Facilitate Innovation and Benefit Society. Read More

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Best Mid America Transportation Projects are honored with awards.

July 19, 2012

America's Transportation Awards competition, sponsored in part by AASHTO, recognizes America's best transportation projects in 3 main categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget, and Best Use of Innovation. Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, and Missouri DOTs earned awards in Ahead of Schedule category; Michigan and Missouri DOTs respectively received Under Budget award in small and medium category; and 3 states earned honors for Best Use of Innovation: Kentucky, Iowa, and Illinois. Read More